The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)History

Why choose this course?

History is important: it shapes our lives and moulds our identities. This fascinating and thorough course allows you to examine a wide range of themes and issues in the history of Britain, Europe and the Americas from the sixteenth century to the present day. Focusing on the cultural, political, social and economic aspects of historical change, you will be encouraged to study particular areas of historical interest and controversy in depth. Subjects include the study of youth culture, crime, labour movements, consumption, globalisation, migration, and the impact and conduct of war.

In your studies, you will learn the essential historical techniques of critical analysis, research methods and the skills required for handling and processing information. You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of different historical approaches through a varied and dynamic learning and teaching environment. Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, this degree enables you to achieve your full potential, developing the skills for successful study and future employment.

The course actively encourages intellectual curiosity and digital literacy and lets you apply the skills you have learned in the classroom to relevant work situations. Our graduates are in high demand and employers value the critical awareness, communication skills, initiative and organisational abilities the course instils in our students.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1

4HS001 The Pursuit of History (20 Credits)

4HS002 Early Modern England (20 Credits)

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain, c1700 - c1819 (20 Credits)

4HS004 Europe and the Americas (20 Credits)

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WR004 The Holocaust or 4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 2

5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901 or 5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories. Itinerants, Migrants and Refugees c1800- 1950 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 (20 Credits)

5HS006 The Social History of Victorian Britain c1850-c1901 or 5HS002 Revolutionary Ireland 1798-1940 or 5WR006 War in Europe 1939-1945 or 5HS008 Migrant Journeys, Migrant Stories. Itinerants, Migrants and Refugees c1800- 1950 or 5HS010 The Great War 1914-1918 (20 Credits)

5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity or 5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 (20 Credits)

5HS003 Sex and the City: Sexuality in the Long Eighteenth Century or 5HS001 The Cold War or 5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity or 5WR002 The Battle for Normandy 1944 (20 Credits)

5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain (20 Credits)

5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6HS015 Doing Good? Histories of Charity in Modern Britain and Beyond (20 Credits)

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6HS015 Doing Good? Histories of Charity in Modern Britain and Beyond (20 Credits)

6HS003 Consumption and the World of Goods: Drink, Drugs and Shopping in Britain, c. 1650-c.1830 or 6HS011 From Reich to Republic. German Society 1871-1924 or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History or 6HS015 Doing Good? Histories of Charity in Modern Britain and Beyond (20 Credits)

6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History (20 Credits)

6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History (20 Credits)

6HS001 America: The Rise of a Superpower, 1890-1945 or 6HS006 Youth Culture and Popular Music in Twentieth Century Britain or 6HS010 Germany 1919-1945. From Weimar to Auschwitz. or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6HS014 The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6HS004 Independent Study in History (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

The course allows you to study a full range of historical topics in an innovative, supportive and exciting environment. You will be taught by leading scholars and academic experts, with a proven and respected research and publications record. You will be able to study particular themes and issues that interest you, rather than undertaking surveys of long periods of history, and you will develop key historical and transferable skills in a stimulating environment that is geared towards academic achievement, personal development and future employability.

What our students think

Career path

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through historical study are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers. Librarianship and information work, archive management, museum administration and heritage management are professions that actively employ our history graduates.

History also provides the key analytical and digitally literate skills that are much sought after in the fields of local government, the civil service, the media and a wide range of business and commercial activities. In addition, history is an ideal course for students wishing to enter the teaching profession. Many of our graduates have taken a PGCE course or further teaching qualifications and have become successful teachers in the primary sector and history specialists in secondary schools and FE colleges. A sizeable number of our graduates have also chosen to extend their interest in the subject by undertaking applied historical research at postgraduate level.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A critical understanding of the problematic nature of interpreting the past, the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the subject, and the multiplicity of sources available to historians.
  2. An informed appreciation of the processes of continuity and change over an extended time-span and how these have been affected by the contested exercise of power.
  3. The ability to analyse the historical construction and changing nature of identities, as defined principally by place, ethnicity, gender and class.
  4. A critical engagement with key historiographical debates and the ability to address these in depth using primary and secondary sources.
  5. The use of appropriate technologies in digitally literate and enterprising ways to support historical research, process data and produce written work and presentational material.
  6. An understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others in a global context.

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000
Part time # £2,975

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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